Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2009 Issue

June 23, 2009, Sanborn, Iowa, Piper PA-28-180

The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain at 1056 Central time while maneuvering. The private pilot, a pilot-rated passenger and another passenger sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed; the flight had departed Wisconsin at approximately 0800 and was en route to South Dakota. The airplane was observed flying at a low altitude; its engine was "coughing, sputtering and missing." The engine quit shortly thereafter, restarted and quit again. Witnesses lost sight of the airplane behind trees.

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